The Forbidden Place
By Susanne Jansson
Bad things happen in Mossmarken... and now Nathalie has come home, they seem to be happening again. A dark, brilliant suspense novel from a fantastic new voice in international literature.
'A bone-chillingly cool crime debut.' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
Terrible things happen in Mossmarken.
Long ago, the mire welcomed sacrifices to the gods...and the area still seems haunted.
Nathalie thought she had escaped, but the half-buried memories of what happened in her childhood have finally called her home.
Then, soon after she returns, her friend Johannes is found unconscious out on the marsh, his pockets filled with gold coins - just like the ancient victims.
As the police investigate, more bodies surface, but the truth seems lost in the mire. Superstitious locals claim the gods cry out for blood. But Nathalie is about to find out the true extent of human evil.
An international sensation, THE FORBIDDEN PLACE is a darkly gripping tale of the stories we tell ourselves to survive, and the terrible consequences they can have.
Susanne Jansson was born in 1972 in Åmål, Sweden. She later moved to Gothenburg to work in advertising and then to New York to study photography. After returning to Sweden, she worked as a freelance photographer while studying journalism, and for the past twenty years she has been combining her work as a photographer with being a freelance journalist focusing on reportage and profile stories in areas such as arts and culture. She has also written crime short stories for weekly magazines. She lives with her family in Lerum outside Gothenburg. The Forbidden Place is her debut novel, and has sold in twenty five territories around the world.
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30 May 2019
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A bone-chillingly cool crime debut. — Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
The atmosphere is what makes me fall, head over heels: a lonely woman who rents out her city apartment and heads out into the wilderness . . . The Forbidden Place is one of the best and most complete debut novels I've ever read — Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter
Susanne Jansson's debut novel is thrilling, at times both creepy and frightening...sent shivers down my spine. — Nya Wermlands Tidning
Jansson paints an atmospheric and mysterious portrait of the mire with the help of mist, light, and old legends. It becomes a place where life and death collide, a sort of anteroom to the realm of the dead...one of the absolute best suspense debuts this year — Crimegarden
A well-balanced combination of horror, suspense, folklore, and biology...it leaves you begging for more. — Johannas deckarhörna
Fans of Scandi Noir are sure to be hooked on this atmospheric and suspenseful thriller. — Marika Cobbold
An ominous read with a creepy ambience. — Prima